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Terrestrial Flatworm


Found this cool terrestrial flatworm on a brick wall.

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John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 6 years ago

Yes, see the title? Apologies for not changing the caption previously.

jwlenihan 6 years ago

It's a terrestrial flat worm...

KarenL 8 years ago

Nice spot John! Very similar to one I spotted in Ecuador last month

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Terrestrial flatworm (Platyheminthes), Las Brisas Nature Reserve, Costa Rica is the same "group" as yours. Similar also are and

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

@John, it would be segmented if it were a leech but I don't know to what degree segmentation is apparent in all cases. @Gilma, one part of PN is to document wildlife in YOUR area. If you don't post, you don't contribute to that particular goal :-)

Thank you, S Frazier, I do give up when nobody can help me ID certain animals, insects, beetles, butterflies, and don't post new ones after that....?!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

This looks like a flatworm to me too. I found one once in Mexico, not as pretty as yours, it was brown with a slightly darker central stripe.

John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 8 years ago

Interesting thought. It very well could be, I am no expert on invertebrates. I called it a leech because it appeared to have an oral and a caudal sucker. And Gilma, Frazier is right. You should post whatever you have. Maybe some planarian expert will find your pictures!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Is this really a "leech"? Is it not a terrestrial flatworm/land planarian? See mine here @Gilma, I think you should post any spotting that has the potential to be identified.

Nice!! Not popular here though, I asked for help to ID one... 0 responses so I did not add the one like your or others I spotted. : ( Hope you get an ID?!

John G. Phillips
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John G. Phillips

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jun 15, 2011
Submitted on Jan 4, 2013

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